July 14, 2020
According to a New York Times database, 1,126 people in Missouri have died due to COVID-19 as of July 14th. The data shows that there are thousands of families who have lost their loved ones during the pandemic. As we all know, nursing homes and other long-term care facilities hit hard; One-thirds of coronavirus-related deaths in Missouri (400 cases) have occurred in nursing homes. One of the biggest fears of the family members might be the loss of a family from the disease while they cannot be with them. Unfortunately, this can happen, and some might have already experienced it. To help families to cope with their grief and resentment, VOYCE would like to suggest a couple of resources for them to take benefits.
If you are looking for a therapist, you can always go to the Psychology Today website and find the best fit for your needs. Counseling specialists are divided into different interests, areas, and even insurance types, you will find the webpage helpful to start with. SAMHSA provides the Disaster Distress Helpline service to support people experiencing emotional distress related to natural or human-caused disasters. You can call 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746 to connect with a counselor 24/7. There are also support groups run by local organizations, hospitals, and churches. Healing Hearts Grief Supports in St. Louis County manages a grief support group for families who have lost loved ones.
If you would like to learn more about coping strategies and self-care, there are helpful resources to read. Check out the CDC website and NAMI resource guide about coronavirus-related mental health information. Family Caregiver Alliance suggests helpful ways to care for yourself as a family caregiver. You can also download the Grief and Bereavement Resources Repository from the Missouri Hospital Association for more information.
There is a way to tell congress to take immediate action to protect loved ones. Through the AARP website, individuals can speak up for nursing home patients during the pandemic by sending a message to their senators or representative.
You can always call your local ombudsman whenever you need someone charged with representing the interests of another, investigating issues or complaints, and mediating a fair resolution. Please call VOYCE at 314-918-8222 to find your advocate!
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